Caliban Symbolism In The Tempest

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William Shakespeare is an English playwright, poet and author. He is often regarded to the greatest writer in the English Language and wrote over 191 works of literature. One play in specific, The Tempest, tells the story of a protagonist, Prospero, seeking revenge and forgiveness from his wrong-doers at the hand of magic. Prospero, in the play, is master to a monster-like creature named Caliban. He is the child of a witch and the devil, Caliban is made servant by Prospero after he tries to molest Prospero’s daughter. Throughout The Tempest, Caliban is seen as a symbol and storytelling device in that he represents slavery and its revolt, speaks in blank verse and prose, and is the offspring of a witch and the devil. Caliban and his obedience to Prospero embodies slave culture and Caliban 's response to Prospero 's orders demonstrates revolt. After his mother 's death, the island should have rightfully been Caliban’s. Alternatively, he was dragged into slavery. For example, Prospero states to Caliban, “Thou most lying slave, whom stripes may move, not kindness! I have used thee, (filth as thou art) with human care, and lodged theein mine own cell till thou didst seek to violate the honor of my child”(I. II. 344-348). By saying so, the reader understands the relationship between Prospero and Caliban. Prospero regards to Caliban as inferior and filthy. Also, later on in the play, Caliban demonstrates is discontent with Prospero as he plans a scheme to kill him: “The dropsy
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